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Google’s Guided Frame gives visually impaired folks a voice-over for selfies

The feature is super elegant: point the camera at yourself, and the phone will advise you how to tilt and rotate the camera to get yourself fully in frame and then takes the photo for you. With prompts like “Move your phone right and up,” and a handy count-down to get the poses and facial expressions right. You can watch tha relevant section of Google’s Made By Google ’22 event here. “A selfie to me, and to many blind users, is a way to express themselves,” says Ling Wong, who was on the team that brought Guided Frame to Pixel’s camera software. I love seeing more accessibility features turn up on phones — and in tech events in general. It is telling, for example, that the entire event was signed in American Sign Langage, and had high-quality subtitles throughout. Normalizing thinking accessibility at every level of product development is a beautiful thing, and Google deserves kudos for pushing the envelope in the right direction. google-fall-2022-banner-13 Google’s Guided Frame gives visually impaired folks a voice-over for selfies by Haje Jan Kamps originally published on TechCrunch

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